STOP! Hammering a big dent will result in a whole bunch of little dents. I know from experience. There are some things I just don't have the talent for and bodywork is one of the big ones.
First see if your college has an Auto Body program, (mine did), where the students can work on it for you. Next, look for a community college that teaches Auto Body, (mine does). They will keep your car longer than regular body shops but you'll only pay for material and a small labor charge.
You can also look in the salvage yards for a replacement hood. Try to find one the same color because paint is very expensive. If you are around Georgia, Alabama, even up as far as Indianapolis, there is a chain called "Pull-A-Part" where you pay your buck, throw your tool box in one of their wheel barrows, and you can spend all day there. Removing a hood isn't real hard; typically four bolts. The guys will come around with a cart to haul it for you. There can be over a hundred people looking for parts on a nice day, and most of them will be happy to help you pull a hood off. I visited 12 of their 16 yards two years ago, and found the workers and the customers to be very friendly and helpful. Their yards are REAL clean and well organized, and parts are very reasonable.
You'll find other similar salvage yards around the country.
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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 AT 4:25 PM